Man Utd star offers himself to Real Madrid as Fabrizio Romano drops update on Ratcliffe links to Everton man

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has reportedly offered his services to Real Madrid as a free agent this summer with Fabrizio Romano providing an update on Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s plans to sign a big-money replacement this summer.

The World Cup winner was a big-money arrival from Real in the summer of 2021, with the defender penning a three-year deal worth a whopping £340,000 a week a salary that makes him third on United’s list of top earners. However, after failing to deliver on a consistent basis during his time at Old Trafford, Varane has found his future at Manchester United very much under the spotlight.

As a result, speculation over where the £41m signing will wind up next has been swirling around for months. He has been talked up as a potential big-name arrival for the Saudi Pro-League, while there has also been fleeting mentions with a move to Bayern Munich.

However, Varane has never been happier than he was at Real Madrid and now reports in Spain claim he has offered himself to his former club as a free agent this summer – a transfer prospect that has heightened amid an alarming injury crisis at the Bernabeu this season.

To that end, Carlo Ancelotti has been forced to play veteran full-back Nacho as an emergency centre-half alongside Antonio Rudiger in light of the injuries sustained by David Alaba and Eder Militao.

Varane tipped to return to Real Madrid

As a result, it is widely expected that the Spanish giants will sign a new defender this summer, with William Saliba of Arsenal and Lille’s Leny Yoro among those to be linked.

However, with the signing of Kylian Mbappe also on the agenda, funds are likely to be tight at the Bernabeu and it may be president Florentino Perez opts for a more conservative approach when it comes to adding to their central defensive options.

To that end, Varane would be a safe option for the club, especially with Los Blancos well aware of what the Frenchman is capable of, having served them with such distinction over his previous spell at the club.

As far as Varane’s future at Man Utd is concerned, the report claims ‘there is no intention, on either side, to extend their relationship’ at Old Trafford and ‘he wants to return to where he was happy’.

Furthermore, with Varane potentially arriving ‘at zero cost and with a salary that would fit perfectly into Real Madrid’s salary scale’, the temptation to bring him back is said to be an appealing one for Perez.

As for United, Ratcliffe has made the strengthening of his central defence a major aim this summer, and could even look to bring in two signings in that position amid claims Jonny Evans will also leave at the season’s end.

Fabrizio Romano chats Man Utd defender signing with Branthwaite linked

To that end, United have been strongly linked with moves for the likes of Gleison Bremer, Jean-Clair Todibo and Antonio Silva this summer.

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